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A Polyhedral Virus Disease of a Pasture Caterpillar, Pterolocera Amplicornis Walker (Anthelidae)

MF Day, IFB Common, JL Farrant and Coralie Potter

Australian Journal of Biological Sciences 6(4) 574 - 579
Published: 1953


A new virus of the genus Borrelfna, causing a polyhedral disease in larvae of the anthelid moth Pterolocera amplicomis, is described. The polyhedral bodies are small and unusually resistant to alkaline solution. Electron micrographs reveal the presence of rods, spheres, and rods projecting from spheres in alkali-digested polyhedra. The relations between these bodies are not clear.

© CSIRO 1953

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